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Xi Jinping Mystery Absence: State Media Says President-In-Waiting Appears In Public

Reuters | November 14, 2012 | World
* Xi visits Beijing university, first public appearance in two weeks * Pictures show him looking well, laughing * Rumours had flown about his health, Xi had missed meeting with Clinton * Communist Party gearing up for tricky leadership succession By Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard BEIJING, Sept 15 (Reuters)...

Egypt Protests: Protesters Clash With Police Near U.S. Embassy In Cairo, One Dead

Reuters | November 14, 2012 | World
By Edmund Blair and Tamim Elyan CAIRO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Clashes near the U.S. Embassy in central Cairo between police and Egyptians incensed over a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad entered their fourth day early on Saturday, leaving one protester dead and dozens more injured. The clashes moved to...

Egypt's Christians Anxious About Anti-Islam Film, Coptic Community Anticipate Troubles

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | September 14, 2012 | Religion
CAIRO -- Christians gathered Friday in front of a Cairo cathedral holding signs denouncing a film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad amid fears that Muslims will take out their anger on Egypt's minority community. The country's 8 million Coptic Christians were already feeling increasingly cornered amid the rise to power...

Tunisia Protests: Two Dead As Protesters Attack U.S. Embassy

Reuters | November 14, 2012 | World
By Tarek Amara TUNIS, Sept 14 (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and 29 others were wounded on Friday when police fought hundreds of protesters who ransacked the U.S. embassy in Tunisia in their fury over a film denigrating the Prophet Mohammad, state television said. Tunisian President Moncef...

Mitt Romney Libya Response Stoutly Defended At Values Voter Summit

Sabrina Siddiqui | September 14, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Social conservatives on Friday wholeheartedly embraced Mitt Romney’s "no apologies" response to the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt that took the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The GOP presidential nominee had faced widespread criticism earlier in the week...

Star, The Bowtie-Wearing Duck, Banned From Working For British Charity

David Moye | September 16, 2012 | Weird News
The owner of a duck that wears a bowtie is getting a dressing-down from the charity where he volunteers. Barrie Hayman is the owner of "Star," a duck that often waddles beside him when he is raising money for charities serving their home town of Bideford, Great Britain...

Deepak Chopra 'Quite Distressed' By Romney Response To Middle East Protests (VIDEO)

Danny Shea | November 14, 2012 | Religion
Deepak Chopra joined HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin Friday to discuss politics, spirituality and the ongoing protests in the Middle East. "The one thing you do in any resolution of any conflict is you treat your perceived enemy with respect," Chopra said. "The rage in Islam is the perception...

Sudan Embassy Attack: US Sends Marine Team To Country, According To Official

AP | November 14, 2012 | World
WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says an elite Marine rapid response team is headed to Sudan in the wake of violence and protests against the embassy in Khartoum. The deployment comes as Sudanese police opened fire on protesters trying to climb the walls of the U.S. Embassy.

White House 'Innocence Of Muslims' Request Denied: Google Will Not Remove Film From YouTube

Peter Finocchiaro | November 14, 2012 | World
By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East. The Internet company said it was censoring the video...

'Alien Deep With Bob Ballard': A Sneak Peek At The National Geographic Channel Special (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Travis Korte | September 14, 2012 | Science
A rare deep-sea cusk eel comes to feed inches from the camera, as a scientist marvels: "I've never seen that guy." Looking on is Dr. Robert Ballard, the renowned oceanographer and marine archaeologist who is best known for discovering the wrecks of the Titanic, John F. Kennedy's PT-109 motorboat...

Alan Roberts & 'Innocence Of Muslims': Softcore Porn Director Linked To Anti-Islam Film

Kia Makarechi | September 14, 2012 | Entertainment
Yet another twist in the production of "Innocence of Muslims," the anti-Islam film that has led to riots around the world. Gawker reports that the movie's director is Alan Roberts, a man known best for creating softcore porn films. Robert's earlier work includes titles like "The Happy...

U.S. Marines Dead In Afghanistan Attack, Official Says

Clare Richardson | November 14, 2012 | World
WASHINGTON — Heavily armed insurgents attacked a British air base in southern Afghanistan Friday, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding several other troops, U.S. officials said. An estimated 16 Taliban fighters were also killed in the assault, said Lt. Col. Stewart Upton, a spokesman at Camp Leatherneck, a U.S. Marine...

Egypt Protests: One Dead In Clashes Near U.S. Embassy

Clare Richardson | November 14, 2012 | World
* Authorities build concrete wall to protect embassy * Egypt's Islamist president faces tough balancing act * Mursi condemns film, pledges to protect embassies * Protester killed in clash with police near embassy * United States is major aid donor to Egypt By Edmund Blair and Tamim Elyan CAIRO, Sept...

Mexican Mango Imports Detained By FDA After 15-State Salmonella Outbreak

Carey Polis | November 14, 2012 | Food
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company's mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The FDA announced the import alert Friday against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located...

Antarctic Ozone Hole In 2012 Is Expected To Be Smaller Than In 2011

Jessica Leader | November 14, 2012 | Green
GENEVA (Reuters) - The hole in the ozone layer, the earth's protective shield against ultraviolet rays, is expected to be smaller this year over the Antarctic than last, showing how a ban on harmful substances has stopped its depletion, the United Nations said on Friday. But the hole is probably...

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula Investigated For Anti-Islam Film

Clare Richardson | November 14, 2012 | World
* Nakoula spent time in U.S. prison for bank fraud * Use of aliases or Internet could violate his probation * Authorities not investigating film over its content By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES, Sept 14 (Reuters) - A California man convicted of bank fraud is under investigation for possible probation...

The Real Jerusalem Platform Fight: The Daily Beast

Luke Johnson | September 14, 2012 | Politics
In 1951, an undistinguished, frequently-drunk, first term senator named Joseph McCarthy insinuated that George Marshall, the general who had led the U.S. army during World War II, was part of a conspiracy to let China go communist.

Chris Wallace, Gretchen Carlson Spar Over Mitt Romney's Response To Libya Attack (VIDEO)

Katherine Fung | September 14, 2012 | Media
Chris Wallace and Gretchen Carlson sparred about Mitt Romney's response to the deadly attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya on Friday's "Fox and Friends." Romney slammed the White House's response to the attack, in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed,...

Drone Strikes Memo Debates Legality of Targeted Killing

Andrea Stone | September 14, 2012 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- A newly surfaced Congressional Research Service analysis of the government's targeted killing of suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens, suggests the Obama administration's view of due process in these situations is similar to that of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. According to the CRS memo prepared for members of...

Arab Protests: Clinton Urges Countries To Resist Tyranny Of Mob

Clare Richardson | November 14, 2012 | World
WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Leaders in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Tunisia, which have all seen attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions this week, must do all they can to restore calm and reject "the tyranny of a mob," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday. "This has been...
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